Cockroach is one of the oldest insects on Earth. But that won’t stop many household residents from exterminating them. Traditionally, they’re depicted as dirty pests, and probably one of our least favorite critters too.
However, a Thai vet named Dr. Thanu Limppannawanich, kept his vow to save all kinds of life – using extraordinary measures to revive this tiny cockroach.
Let’s take a closer look at how he gave an unlucky cockroach a new lease of life.
An injured insect – specifically a cockroach – was brought into Dr. Thanu’s office at 10.30PM on 24th May 2021.
Although he wanted to save his ‘client’, the vet possessed limited knowledge of cockroach anatomy. To complicate matters, the cockroach’s hard exoskeleton made it impossible for the vet to inject any medication.
So, the cockroach was placed in an oxygen chamber.
Thankfully, Dr. Thanu’s decision to place him in an oxygen chamber proved fruitful.
The next morning, the cockroach showed healthy vital signs and was released outdoors, back into the wild.
Turns out, the cockroach was brought to Dr. Doolittle IRL by a man who stepped on it by accident.
According to the kind stranger that brought the insect to Dr. Thanu, the cockroach he stepped on seemed to be experiencing shock.
Although it was still able to move around, they projected it to have only a 50% chance of survival.
However, Dr. Thanu still believed that the cockroach’s toughness would allow it to survive its injuries. Hence, his decision to place it in the oxygen chamber.
Dr. Thanu’s belief in the humble cockroach’s unparalleled adaptability to survive is not unfounded.
For thousands of years, these insects have been known to still produce viable eggs and ensure the continuation of their species, even through multiple extinction-level events.
They’re also quite resilient to gamma rays and remain scientists’ top picks to survive a nuclear apocalypse.